THE INNOCENTS REVIEWED
“The Innocents” is a dark film inspired by a true story. A young French Red Cross worker is training as a nurse. She befriends a local doctor, who shows romantic interest. The duo keeps it professional, as the young lady continues to train. One day, she’s contacted about an incident at a nearby convent. When the nurse arrives, she finds several nuns are pregnant. They were raped months ago by the Red Army.
Watching this young nurse come to terms with the horror of war in a personal way is stunning. The Mother Superior wants the medical workers to keep things quiet. However, the doctor and nurse want to tell the outside world. The Red Army needs to stand trial for what happened, but nobody seems to want to take that extra step. The film is less about the legal proceedings and more about helping women whose belief system has been shattered.
The mental health aftermath of these attacks deservedly got the highlight that was needed. If you’re expecting a post WWII drama, I assure you that you haven’t seen anything like this. Given the nature of recent online events, I can only hope to press more people into watching this film.
- 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 9/27/16
- Video - 97%97%
- Audio - 92%92%
- Supplemental Material - 90%90%
- Film Score - 95%95%
The Plot Thus Far
Poland, December 1945: Mathilde (Lou de Laâge, Breathe) is a young French Red Cross doctor based in Warsaw when a nun seeks her help. She is brought to a cloistered Benedictine convent where she discovers a young novice in labor. It soon becomes clear that the entire order has been profoundly traumatized and several other nuns are pregnant from a series of brutal sexual assaults by the “liberating” Red Army. Needing medical assistance and fearing the shame of exposure and the hostility of the newly installed Communist government, the nuns – their faith challenged – turn to Mathilde, a non-believer, who becomes their only hope.